Subject: Re: small home file/backup server
To: Richard Grace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Wojciech Puchar <email@example.com>
Date: 08/22/2002 13:18:14
> > via a switched 100BaseT network.
> Groovy - you never know when the FAT or NTFS filesystems are
> going to get to "that point" at which your files become unusable.
my method for this (at places i need to manage windoze) is to partition
windoze computer disk to have about 1GB first partition and rest as
on the 1GB partition i install all windoze, programs that user needs,
configure it all, but setting swap file to second partition, and putting
then set all user programs (and tell user) to store of user files on
then i boot NetBSD from install CD or floppies and
ifconfig <what's needed>
mount_msdos /dev/wd0e /mnt
cat /dev/zero >wipefreespace
then wait until error
mount some_nfs_server:/some_writable_dir /mnt
gzip -9c /dev/rwd0e >backup_of_machine_XXX_rwd0e.gz
dd if=/dev/rwd0d of=backup_of_machine_XXX.mbr bs=512 count=1
then i record eltorito CD with 2.88M NetBSD boot image and these 2 files.
in case of wincrash:
1)boot from that CD.
2)mount_cd9660 /dev/cd0a /mnt; cd /mnt
3)cat backup_of_machine_XXX.mbr >/dev/rwd0d
4)disklabel -r wd0
5)gzip -cd backup_of_machine_XXX_rwd0e.gz >/dev/rwd0e
6)reboot, scandisk second partition
this rescue task takes <10 minutes.